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Editorial

  • The reason why

        Last week Bedford Democrats invited all of those running for a Board of Supervisors seat to attend their meeting and make their views known. Two of the candidates showed up—a third had planned to attend but couldn’t because of a medical issue.
        The others declined. At least one of those who didn’t attend stated their reason was because they were seeking the Republican nomination.

  • More money for schools

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors opted Monday to provide the school system with $735,000 in additional funds for teacher raises. That allocation takes up most of the county’s funds not previously budgeted for the upcoming year.
        That should help calm a bit of the angst felt by teachers and school personnel asking for raises this year. While the supervisors aren’t raising taxes, they are looking positively at the school system’s needs.

  • Of primary importance

        On June 9, Bedford County’s Republicans will hold a state-run primary to elect its slate of candidates for a set of local offices—the board of supervisors seats and all constitutional officers that are up for election in November.
        But the reality is the primary results will likely actually settle who will be elected, at least in most cases, for the November general election. Put an R by someone’s name in these parts and it generally means an election victory.

  • Take time to thank a farmer!

        Agriculture is vital to Bedford County.
        The county boasts some 200,000 acres of farmland and 1,400 farms, with more than $23.6 million in annual farm sales. More than 40 percent of all of Bedford County’s land is used for farming.
        And there are almost 3,000 agriculturally-based jobs in the county.

  • Shocking ruling

        The Capital News Service story by Noura Bayoumi starts like this:
        “She was 23 years into her marriage when her husband swung a hammer at her head – and missed. He later was convicted of a felony, and they divorced. But what happened next was almost as shocking as the assault: Her ex-husband asked the court to award him spousal support – and won.”
        That alone is inexplicable.

  • No time for delays

    This is no time for more delays.
        The issue of building a new middle school has been on the table for years, and after the reversion of the city of Bedford to a town, it took center stage.
        Originally, the Bedford County School Board had hoped to have a new school completed to open for the 2016-2017 school year.

  • No one is immune

        A few years ago, then-Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell was a rising star on the Republican political scene.
        He was being mentioned as a possible running-mate for GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. He was even being touted as a potential presidential nominee for the upcoming election.
        But that’s a lifetime away.
        Now, McDonnell is a convicted felon.
        A star can fall fast—and hard.

  • A difficult year ahead

        This year will be a difficult year for Bedford County's board of supervisors. At least, the first four months will be difficult as they climb down into the pit to wrestle with the budget bear.
        It's not going to be easy and they are probably going to be facing a situation in which the creek is rising and the house is settling.

  • A momentous year

    It's New Year's Eve, the very last day of 2014. It's always amazing how fast a year flies by. It seems like we were just celebrating the Fourth of July, blinked, and suddenly Christmas is over and 2014 is about to slip from present reality into history.
        It's been a momentous year for Bedford County.

  • Turning point

        The murder of two New York City police officers Saturday should have been met with disdain. But for some, it apparently was an opportunity to celebrate some payback for what they perceive to be wrong-doing by police in Missouri, New York and—quite frankly—just about anywhere.
        The murderer of the two slain officers certainly had recent events in mind when he strolled up to the car of the NYPD officers and shot them both at point-blank range.